About the Cassava Weed Management Project
The Cassava Weed Management Project also known as the Sustainable Weed Management Technologies for Cassava Systems in Nigeria is a 5-year project that is assessing sustainable weed management technologies for cassava-based farming systems in Nigeria. The project is seeking to find solutions to the labor-intensive weeding usually performed by women and children and to increase cassava productivity for 125,000 Nigerian farm families.
The project is managed by IITA with donor support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Implementation partners include the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike; the University of Agriculture, Makurdi; and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Other partners are the state Agricultural Development Programs (ADPs), government representatives, international cassava scientists, and the private sector.
Our shared mission is to contribute to the alleviation of hunger and poverty in cassava growing regions by generating sustainable integrated weed management technologies which benefit the poor and enhance agricultural production while preserving the natural resource base.